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    An item about a man who has decorated his garden with beautiful shell mosaics.

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    Hindlip, Worcestershire.

    M/S of 78 year old Sidney Dowdeswell sweeping his garden path. L/S of Sidney walking down his path towards a concrete arch decorated with shells, the entire garden is littered with shell mosaics and models. M/S of two model stalks standing next to a shell encrusted fountain. C/U of a shell covered urn, tilt up to flowers and more shell decorations. Sidney started the garden as a hobby in 1921, it has since attracted visitors from all over the world. M/S of a garden gnome fishing next to a shell covered bridge over a fish pond.

    C/U of Sidney's hand reaching into a box of seashells. C/U of Sidney placing the shells in damp cement on the edge of a birdbath, tilt down the length of the bath. Top shot of Sidney fixing shells to the edge of the water filled birdbath. Sidney gets the materials for his garden from refuse dumps and dustbins, he gets broken Worcester porcelain from the famous factory nearby and friends bring him shells from their holidays.

    M/S of a woman walking past the shell covered arches at the end of the garden, she stops to admire some model penguins. Low angle shot of two model birds on top of the arches, one of arches has the word 'Peace' written on it in shells. M/S of a concrete wall decorated with two birds in flight. M/S of a stork model standing in front of shell mosaics. C/U of a bluebird mosaic made from broken porcelain. C/U of a butterfly mosaic made from shells and broken china. C/U of the butterfly's wing. M/S of more mosaics - this time of a chicken and another butterfly.

    M/S of Sidney polishing a mosaic with the Royal Insignia and the year 1953 in shells. C/U of Sidney's hands polishing Union Jack mosaics. C/U of Sidney's face as he polishes. L/S of the entire shell filled garden.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:03:47:00 / 01:05:47:00
    CP 367

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